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Leaf of a Diptych with the Crucifixion and Nativity

14th Century
6 3/8 x 3 1/4 x 3/8 in. (16.2 x 8.2 x 1 cm)

Unknown, French
French

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Ivory
Credit Line: R. T. Miller Fund
Accession Number: 1949.19
Location: Currently on view
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This is one side of an intricately carved ivory diptych. The upper register of the piece shows the Crucifixion; the lower depicts the Nativity. Scenes from Christ’s birth and death were often paired as a shorthand reference to key moments in the Christian narrative. Luxury ivories were produced in France in large numbers during the 1300s.

[Gallery label text, June 2013]

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Richard von Passavant-Gontard (1852–1923), Frankfurt; Goldschmidt Gallery, New York (after 1929) [possibly Jakob Goldschmidt (1882 - 1955), Berlin and New York?]; Joseph Brummer, New York (dealer) [catalogue number N2733]; his sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, April 20-23, 1949, lot no. 650; purchased by the Gallery at that sale.

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